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John Francis Lambert
April 11, 1939 ~ May 21, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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John F. Lambert, 84, of Canton, MS peacefully passed away Sunday May 21, 2023 at St. Dominic’s Hospital surrounded by his close family. Born in Shinnston, WV on April 11, 1939 to Naomi and Omar Lambert. John leaves behind his loving wife of 62 years, Judy Wright Lambert, daughters Lisa (Gaston) Barrett, Sarah (Mark Koenig) Schnulo, and Francie Lambert. He shared a very close relationship with each of his grandchildren Chris Mallett, Julie (Chris) Miller, Alex (Lauren) Schnulo, Katy Schnulo, Libby Schnulo and great grandchildren Claire and Cooper Mallett, Holden Miller. He was predeceased by his brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Gretna Lambert.
John graduated from Warren G. Harding High School in 1957. Then attended The Ohio State University, graduating in 1965 with a BS in Business Administration and remained a lifelong avid Buckeye fan. He was very proud to be the first in a three-generation legacy of OSU graduates.
Professionally, John enjoyed a 34 year career at Packard Electric, a division of GM. His work ethic and drive for excellence led him to be one of few that advanced from foreman to an executive level employee. He retired in 1999 as the Mexico East Operations, Small Car Business Segment Manager for Delphi, Packard Electric Automotive Systems. His focus was always on the employees, leading his team to perform to the highest level. Very well respected all over the world, he had the opportunity to also work in Brookhaven MS, El Paso TX/Juarez MX, and Laredo TX/Linares MX. He supported the start-up of plants in Indonesia, Japan, Brazil and Venezuela and traveled to China, Germany and Austria.
Close friends have always been an important part of John and Judy’s life. No matter where they traveled he was sure to run into someone that knew him to the amazement of his family.
John retired to MS where he could pursue his passion for playing golf 4 – 6 days a week with his close group of friends, the “Old Guys” at Deerfield Golf Club. Golf buddies were something John always established starting with a group from Packard, who were all West Virginia natives. They played in the “Hillbilly Open” annually for 20+ years. He achieved many golf bucket list items including a hole-in-one and playing at Pebble Beach.
He was known for his dry sense of humor, being a lover of a “Good Plan”, walking 5 miles a day during his last 10 years, and patriotic support of his country donating to the Mississippi Blood Services starting on 9/11/2001. Since that date he has made 122 donations totaling 15.125 gallons and was honored at the MBS Awards Ceremony in 2019.
Memorial services will be led by Brother David Lowery at First United Methodist Church in Canton, MS on Friday May 26, 2023 at 11:00 am. Visitation with family will take place at the church one hour prior to service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The First United Methodist Church of Canton or Mississippi Blood Services.